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Last Updated: Dec 06, 2017     Views: 86

Getting started on Engineering research? Be sure you're searching Compendex!

The Compendex database provides international coverage of the literature of the engineering field, including civil and structural engineering, computer and electrical engineering, energy technology, materials science and metallurgy, bioengineering, air and water pollution, chemical engineering, and solid waste and hazardous waste management. Citations are drawn from 2,600 journals, technical reports, and conference papers and proceedings.

To access Compendex, start at the Engineering Databases page: and select Compendex from the list.

  • Start by entering a keyword in the search box. When searching for a phrase, use quotation marks. Use the Search Tips link in the upper right-hand side of the search box for more ways to maximize your search.
  • When you start typing in the search box, Compendex will automatically prompt you with words and phrases in its thesaurus. This feature can help you get the most out of your keywords.
  • Use the Search Within dropdown menu to change where your search terms appear in the document. For example, I could search for “tissue engineering” and change the menu from All fields to Title to only show results where my keywords appear in the title of the documents.
  • Limit the date range of your results by changing the date dropdown menu below your search box
  • Once you’ve performed your search, use the Refiners on the left-hand side of the screen to get more targeted results. You can limit by using Subject Terms, Authors, Author Affiliations, Language, Document Type, Year, and more. You can also add other keywords to your search.
  • Click the Abstract button underneath any citation to get more information about the source, including Controlled and Uncontrolled Terms that will help you further refine your research.
  • If we have full text access to the article, Click the Full Text button, or Chat with a Librarian for assistance if you are unable to access the article.

These tips will get you started using the Compendex database to find the best sources for your research. For further assistance, please email Judy Brink, Head of the Engineering Library, or stop by the Bevier Engineering Library, G33 Benedum Hall or write to Ask a Librarian.

The below video was made by Emma Oxford, Bevier Engineering Library Field Placement student, 2014



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